Upper Nidderdale Flower Club: next meeting will be held at Lofthouse Village Hall on Thursday, September 5, when Peter Foley will be giving a talk on Hardy Plants for Cold Places. Mr Foley is an expert on this type of plant, previously being the owner of Holden Clough nursery in Lancashire, and will be bringing some plants with him for sale. Please note that the new time for all future meetings will be 7.30pm (instead of 7.45pm), to which visitors are always very welcome without the obligation of becoming a member. A popular visitor to the Upper Dale club, Bob Forbes from Oasis Florist in Ripon, also informs us that, on September 18 at 2pm, he will be giving a floral demonstration at Lightwater Valley.
Church Services: for September for the Upper Dale are as follows: September 8 Holy Communion at 9am at Ramsgill; September 22 Eucharist at 9am at Ramsgill. Methodist services: September 1 Circuit service at 10.30am at Pateley Bridge; Wath services at 6.30pm: September 8 (Stephen Hesselden), September 22 (Catherine Wilson), September 29 - Harvest Festival (AK Cooper). Lofthouse service at 2.15pm: September 16 (Sister Janet Durbin).
St Chad’s Rota: for September is as follows: September 15 flowers Sue Clarke; cleaning Val Harker; September 29 flowers/cleaning Linda Fothergill and Ann Sowerby.
Ramsgill Studio: gives the opportunity to experience painting on location at Fountain’s Abbey on September 4. For further details please contact Sarah Garforth on 01423 755098.
Upper Nidderdale WI: ladies and visitors (including a WI member from Somerset), thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon with professional chef Frances Atkins from the Yorke Arms, Ramsgill.Two more chefs joined her in demonstrating two delicious dishes - a truffled quail with lychee in a jasmine tea mist and lobster bisque. Much detail and care had been put into both preparation and presentation and gave the audience a greater insight into dealing with a lobster. Explanations were given on how to present food, with appropriate enhancements, and on the importance of using fresh produce. Then came the moment everyone had been waiting for, as the ladies sampled the outstanding dishes which they deemed as excellent! Liz Palmer then gave the vote of thanks to convey how much the demonstration had been very much appreciated. The winner of this month’s competition, My Favourite View of Nidderdale, was won by Jan Leeming, Christine Weatherhead and Betty Whittaker. The group’s next walk will take place on Monday, September 2 at 10.30am, so if you are interested, please meet at Ripley car park for a walk along the Ripley to Bilton cycle/walk track. Interesting forthcoming events are Agatha Christie and Art Deco and the chance to learn new skills such as silk painting, mosaics, textile treasures and embroidery.
Dave Challis Cricket Tournament: report from Dave Fothergill: “The day got off to a disappointing start when it was discovered that a generator had been stolen from the cricket field in the early hours of Sunday morning. However, despite the occasional shower, there was a good turn out as usual and everyone enjoyed some entertaining cricket. The Dave Challis trophy was won by Pateley Club (a late replacement for Weatherhead’s Butchers), who beat the Yorke Arms in the final. The Plate final was a local derby between Crown Middlesmoor and Crown Lofthouse with the latter coming out winners. The cricket club are most grateful for the wonderful support this event gets from the local public and from the players. Special thanks go to Linda Fothergill who organised most of the event, the ladies who baked and helped in the tea-room and to everyone who helped on the stalls and the bar. It was also good to see Pat and Neville Cotterill back in the Dale, helping out again. A big thank you to Bill Atkins from the Yorke Arms who donated the wine for the raffle, to Malcolm and John Whitaker for their support with the beer and temporary bar and to Ken Shoan, who generously donated £50 towards the cost of a new generator. We hope to see everyone again next year for another enjoyable date.”
Harrogate Band Concert: entitled Fanfares and Lovesongs, will take place at Pateley Bridge Methodist Church on Saturday, September 14 at 7.30pm. The North of England Champion band will play a wide variety of music, including the wonderful Fanfares and Lovesongs by Gavin Higgins. Tickets, costing £8, are available from Pateley Bridge Pharmacy, or on the door. Interval refreshments will be available at a cost of £1. Anybody requiring transport to and from the concert should contact Nan Davies on 01423 712440.
Nidderdale Birdwatchers: programme for September is as follows: Saturday, September 14 Long Preston Wetlands (a full day visit); Monday evening, September 16 Upper Nidderdale Black Grouse Recovery Project (an illustrated talk); Monday, September 23 club stand at Nidderdale Show; Sunday, September 29 Moth Morning with Jill Warwick. For further details, please contact secretary, Angus Gosman on 01423 755276.
AONB Events: for September as follows: Gouthwaite Bird Walk Saturday, September 7 at 10am-1.30pm. Find out more about some of the bird life in Nidderdale on a short walk with expert Colin Slator. Meet at Gouthwaite Reservoir car park. Costs £4 pr adult (under 16s free). Booking essential on 01423 712950. Heritage Open Days on Thursday, September 12 to Sunday, September 15, will give you the chance to explore some of the wonderful heritage sites of the AONB. For more details please contact the AONB on the above number.
Cinema in the Dale: tickets are now on sale at the Pateley Bridge Pharmacy for Quartet, which will be shown at the Memorial Hall on September 7. Chris Henderson advises, that as it is expected to be a sell out, early purchase is recommended.